Caught behind the #15 Porsche, the Il Bello Rosso Ferrari 458 GT3 headed for the pits with 16 minutes remaining, the reigns now handed to Edwards as the time penalty was served in the lane. As the safety car returned to the pits, Edwards sat first on the road, looking to hold the lead through the final minutes.
A quick Quinn went under through the back of the circuit to place Edwards second, with Brock all over the rear of the Ferrari, lights ablaze, but it Edwards was holding his own, protecting his deserved place on the tarmac and looking to take the flag for his Maranello Motorsport team.
With the chequered flag in sight, a nudge from Brock sent Edwards into a spin and out of contention, dropping to 14th on the road, but keeping the #8 off the concrete, going on to salvage a 13th place.
Having completed 56 laps on the streets of Adelaide, Edwards and Simonsen had come so close to glory, a third on the podium still an achievement for the team that seemingly had no luck this time around, but have more than shown the speed and performance will soon return the Maranello Motorsport entry to the top of the podium, not just the timesheets.
"The series has taken on a new era with the European GT rules, and by doing that all the cars are faster this year, so every race you'll go to this year you will see records being broken and it's good to start that all rolling.
"It's not just because I drive the car, it's because we have a professional crew and Peter (Edwards) is showing more and more the skill he brings to the outfit.
"I'm here to support Peter and Nick (O'Halloran) as much as I can. I've won this championship before and now it's their turn to have the glory and I'll do anything I can to make sure they have the best.
"In races like this weekend, I'm quite confident that we could have won the round, but it was just one of those weekends and didn't play out. We know we have the right package so things will turn to our advantage and make it is great season for the team."
"It's a great result I'm really happy with it, even if unfortunately in the races it was a little bit dicey but things happen and it could have been cleaner, or it could have meant damage so we've got the record, a third and it's only the start of the year.
"The team have done an amazing job - the car performed really well, this place has a great atmosphere, I'm racing with great friends and obviously this combination got us into the position to be third.
"We've got some changes that can be made to the car, and it will be a function of this year to learn each of the circuits, and learn the right setups for the circuits - it's a process to do it right and keep getting faster to make the results come."
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